The Complete Poems
From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems from her last years....more
All My Pretty Ones (1962) - 5/5
Live or Die (1966) - 4/5
Love Poems (1969) - 5/5
Transformations (1971) - 3/5
The Book of Folly (1972) - 5/5
The Death Notebooks (1974) - 5/5
The Awful Rowing Toward God (1975) - 5/5
POSTHUMOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK -
45 Mercy Street (1976) - 5/5
Words for Dr. Y (1978) - 4/5
Other Poems (1971-1973) - 5/5
Scorpio, Bad Spider, Die (1971) - 5/5
Last Poems - 4/5
All Anne Sexton's major work in one place, plus previously unreleased material to co ...more
I devoured The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton, whose poetry, especially her love poems, quivers with a pulsating eros as it sways to its orgiastic echoes.
My nerves are turned on. I hear them like
musical instruments. Where there was silence
the drums, the strings are incurably playing. You did this.
Pure genius at work. Darling, the composer has stepped
From "The Kiss."
Hers was a tragic life, throughout most of which she ...more
-Anne Sexton, April 1,1963
Writing poems, for me, is simply a way to express what cannot be expressed any other way. This is also how Anne was as a Confessional poet and as someone who began writing in therapy, her poems were an extension of her psychoanalysis but she went much further: she became an artist. So much of her work is the process, the process, the process- of throwing clay to make a jar.
these are my favorites -
The Farmer's Wife
Unknown Gi ...more
"Someone once said that we have art in order not to die of the truth, a dictum we might neatly apply to Sexton's perspectives. To Hayden Carruth, the poems "raise the never-solved problem of what literature really is, where you draw the line between art and documentary." -- Maxine Kumin in her Foreword
Sexton's poetry transcends the shamelessly personal because, unlike Plath, she did not disguise herself behind metaphors; not in the least as cerebrally as Plath, anyway. And in doing so, she rend ...more
I was first introduced to Anne Sexton in college during an American Poetry class. Actually, I was introduced to Sexton’s poetry because by that time she was long dead. Shortly afterwards, I read her Transformations which will always be one of my favorite books. In her poetic retellings of various Brother Grimm stories, from the most famous to less well known, Sexton shows how fairy tales are still current and powerful, and still can be connected ...more
and a few friends,
those who reach into my veins.
This proved to be a psychologically crushing endeavor. Good Housekeeping ravaged by psychosis and incestual violence. There's so much pain and damaged mechanisms. Everything is filtered through fear and upheaval, all coping is suicidal.
Words and eggs must be handled with care.
Once broken they are impossible
things to repair.
The uneasy element in this exchange is the crucial role that parenting plays in her tableaux. More unc ...more
There are certain poets whose names I have seen and automatically wanted to read. Anne Sexton is one of them. Maybe it was the ‘sex’ in her last name that grabbed my attention. I am a teenage boy and all.
Maybe it's the picture of her on the cover of her Collected Poems, though I bought her Selected Poems first. I gave that a ...more
and then To my Little girl, My Stringbean
The motherly advice that "Dear Linda, Women are born twice"
Her words are perfect in so many ways.
There are poems that go too far for my to enjoy them - I like some darkness in life, but I've been through my melodramatic stage already...so I don't need it quite as much....
that aside - read Transformations in its entirety - the reveal it gives to fairytales is a fabulou ...more
The Death Notebook
The Awful Rowing Toward God
Wanting To Die
"Suicides have already betrayed the body."
"my death from the wrists,
two name tags,
blood worn like a corsage
"All day I've built
a lifetime and now
the sun sinks to
"To die whole
riddled with nothing
but desire for it,
is like breakfast
after love." ...more
The first poem by Anne Sexton that I read was "Her Kind" and jus ...more
How It Was: Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton
--To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960)
--All My Pretty Ones (1962)
--Live or Die (1966)
--Love Poems (1969)
--The Book of Folly (1972)
--The Death Notebooks (1974)
--The Awful Rowing Toward God (1975)
Posthumously Published Work
--Mercy Street (1976)
--Words for Dr. Y. (1978)
--Admonitions to a Special Person
--As It Was Written
--Lessons in Hunger
From To Bedlam and Part Way Back ...
I am thirty this November....more
You are still small,
The Publisher's Note explains how the poems were adapted to the ebook form. And How It Was: Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton, a revealing essay abou ...more
Her parents didn’t expect much of her academically, and after completing her schooling at Rogers Hall, sh ...more